Veteran manufacturing and supply chain expert to oversee global manufacturing and QA
CULVER CITY, Calif., August 3, 2023 — ImmunityBio, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBRX), a clinical-stage immunotherapy company, today announced that it has named Enrique Diloné, Ph.D., to the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer. With more than three decades of pharmaceutical manufacturing expertise, Dr. Diloné will assume responsibility for all global manufacturing functions as the company prepares for potential FDA approval of a key bladder cancer drug. He will report directly to President and CEO Richard Adcock.
Diloné’s career spans more than 30 years of chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) management, pharmaceutical supply chain management, and regulatory responsibilities. During his professional tenure, he has contributed to the licensure of several commercial products including Galafold®, ZolpiMist® and MACUGEN®, and to the development and manufacture of several more clinical products. When he joins ImmunityBio on August 14, he will apply that experience to developing and managing ImmunityBio’s worldwide manufacturing capacity, both company owned and contract, along with responsibility for quality assurance, quality control, manufacturing operations, supply chain and project management.
“Enrique joins us at an exciting and important time in ImmunityBio’s journey, at a time when we have multiple Phase 2 and 3 trials underway for therapeutics and vaccines, ready-to-scale manufacturing, and we continue to work diligently to get our drug approved for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer,” said Richard Adcock, President and CEO of ImmunityBio. “Enrique will play a critical role in helping us manage future growth through best-in-class manufacturing processes and supply chain and quality assurance processes that are second to none.”
Prior to joining ImmunityBio, Diloné served as Chief Technology Officer of Prothelia, a privately held biotech company developing treatments for patients with congenital muscular dystrophy. He was previously Senior Vice President of Technical Operations at Amicus Therapeutics, a $3.9 billion company focused on rare diseases. He has also held leadership roles with NovaDel Pharma, OSI Pharmaceuticals (Eyetech), and Wyeth. Diloné received his Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from New York University and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Seton Hall University. He is also a graduate of the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Diloné will initially work closely with Dr. Lennie Sender, who had been overseeing manufacturing as part of his role as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Dr. Sender remains COO and will continue to focus on day-to-day oversight of the company’s other operations.
ImmunityBio is a vertically-integrated, clinical-stage biotechnology company developing next-generation therapies and vaccines that bolster the natural immune system to defeat cancers and infectious diseases. The company’s range of immunotherapy and cell therapy platforms, alone and together, act to drive and sustain an immune response with the goal of creating durable and safe protection against disease. We are applying our science and platforms to treating cancers, including the development of potential cancer vaccines, as well as developing immunotherapies and cell therapies that we believe sharply reduce or eliminate the need for standard high-dose chemotherapy. These platforms and their associated product candidates are designed to be more effective, accessible, and easily administered than current standards of care in oncology and infectious diseases.
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